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1828: Visionary Jules Verne Worked as a Successful Stockbroker

1828: Visionary Jules Verne Worked as a Successful Stockbroker
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Verne’s father did not want his son to become a writer. He discontinued his financial support, so Verne had to earn as a stockbroker. He did not like that job even though he was good at it.

Jules Verne, the author famous for his works Around the World in Eighty Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and From the Earth to the Moon was born on this day in Nantes, France.

Today Jules Verne is the most translated author in the world after Agatha Christie. Some of his ideas, for example space travel and submarines, were for the most part, ahead of his time. Jules Verne is thus sometimes called “The Father of Science Fiction”.

Interestingly, Verne’s father did not want his son to become a writer. He discontinued his financial support, so Verne had to earn his money as a stockbroker. He did not like that job even though he was good at it.

It is also interesting that one of Verne’s novels stayed hidden from the eyes of the public for over 100 years, until recently. Namely, Verne wrote a novel called Paris in the Twentieth Century in which he presents modern ideas such as computers, calculators, skyscrapers and a worldwide communications network (similar to the internet), but his publisher did not want to publish it because he thought of it as too pessimistic. Verne stored the manuscript in a safe, where his great-grandson discovered it in 1989. So this novel was first published in 1994, 89 years after the author’s death.

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